Red split lentils are the fastest cooking of all the lentils and are often used in Indian cuisine. They readily absorb a variety of wonderful flavours from other foods and seasonings, are high in nutritional value and are available throughout the year. Lentils, a small but nutritionally mighty member of the legume family, are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fibre. Not only do lentils help lower cholesterol, they are of special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fibre content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. But this is far from all lentils have to offer. Lentils also provide good to excellent amounts of seven important minerals, our B vitamins, and protein-all with virtually no fat. The calorie cost of all this nutrition? Just 230 calories for a whole cup of cooked lentils. This tiny nutritional giant fills you up-not out.